A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Uganda and help lead a camp for students in high school. This trip began like any normal trip. We go on a few long plane rides, eat some airport food, and finally land in Uganda. We arrive at the first hotel, and my buddy and I quickly realize that our room has two beds and only one bed has a mosquito net over it. Having heard and read a plethora of pamphlets about malaria, my buddy and I were faced with a decision. Do we slap on the bug spray and hope for the best, or do we find a way to make a full size bed work for two grown men. It was definitely not my most comfortable night of sleep.
The next morning, we awakened ready to arrive at our final destination, Musana (you may have seen or heard about this organization at church recently!) Immediately, I was struck by the tremendous amount of joy the little kids in elementary school all the way through the big kids in high school had. I don’t know that I’ve ever experienced anything quite like this before. We laughed and smiled our way through the tour of the school with kids climbing all over us.
As the week went on, we were blown away by the joy of seemingly every single person in and around the school. We left to visit some people outside of the town in more remote areas on what were essentially mopeds. We pull up to one lady’s house and a child is sick, she’s terminally ill, and she lost her husband years ago. While sitting on a dirt floor in a one-bedroom home, she clearly says in a beautiful accent, “God’s love is unconditional. His mercy is unending.” I was forever changed in that moment. She had everything that anyone ever needs to keep going. She had eternal Hope.
Make a list of at least five ways the Lord has blessed you, and pray, thanking God for those things.